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Gregory Cizek presents invited lecture, participates in development of testing exhibit in Israel

Gregory Cizek, professor of educational measurement and evaluation, delivered an invited lecture and participated in a workshop in Jerusalem focused on the history and benefits of testing. The event was hosted by Israel’s National Institute of Testing and Evaluation (NITE), a public nonprofit organization of approximately 150 employees that develops, administers, scores and reports many different kinds of tests. A major goal of NITE is to facilitate the admission and placement of prospective students in institutions of higher education in Israel.

Cizek’s lecture, titled “Error of Measurement: Reconsidering Validity Theory and the Place of Consequence,” was delivered on Oct. 19, 2009, at the NITE headquarters. Those in attendance were scholars from Hebrew University, the Prime Minister’s advisor for psychological affairs, NITE personnel and representatives of the National Authority for Educational Measurement and Evaluation in Education (RAMA).  

Following the lecture, Cizek participated in a two-day workshop focused on the development of a traveling museum exhibition intended to educate the public on the history and benefits of testing. The workshop was co-sponsored by the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem. During the workshop, participants were taken on a tour of the museum led by its director, Maya Halevy.

The workshop focused on developing ideas for interactive exhibits that would address three themes, which were also developed during the workshop. The themes were: Testing takes many forms; high quality tests provide useful information; and testing is influenced by time, culture, context and other factors.

More than 20 invited guests from the United States and Israel attended the workshop, including Randy Bennett, distinguished research scientist from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, New Jersey. Also in attendance were the leadership of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pa., the leadership and staff of the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem, members of the Israel Center for Medical Simulation, the leadership and staff of NITE and RAMA, and scientists from Israeli universities.

The workshop was productive and successful, according to Cizek. “Overall, it set the groundwork for an exciting project that is likely to have a global impact,” he said.